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Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages employers to provide new employees with the new Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet, which contains common questions and answers to help prepare new employees fill-in Section One of the Form I-9. #immigrationupdates

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The H-1B Silly Season is Upon Us!

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh The H-1B season starts on April 1, 2014 when USCIS begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for FY 2015-2016 (i.e. an October 1, 2014 start-date). Last year, for the first time since 2008, USCIS reached the cap within

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March 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: Retrogression for F2A Mexico

The Visa Bulletin for March 2014 shows further advancement in the employment-based (EB) category. Cut-off dates for EB-3 and "Other Workers", including Mainland China and Mexico advanced by three (3) months. While still no movement for India in the EB-2

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USCIS Releases New Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.  The new form contains: • Clearer and more comprehensive instructions which highlight general eligibility requirements and specific instructions on how to complete the application;

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February 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: Retrogression for F2B Mexico

The Visa Bulletin for February 2014 shows further advancement in the employment-based (EB) category. Cut-off dates for EB-3 and "Other Workers", including Mainland China, Mexico, and the Philippines advanced by two (2) months, while still no movement in both EB-2

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USCIS Transfers H-1B Extension Cases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it recently began transferring some H-1B extension cases from its Vermont Service Center to California Service Center in order to balance its workload. How You Will Be Affected If we

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January 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: Further Advancement for EB-3 (Most)

The Visa Bulletin for January 2014 shows another significant advancement in the EB-3 (employment-based) category. Following a 1-year jump forward in the December 2013 Visa Bulletin, priority dates for EB-3 and "Other Workers", including Mainland China and Mexico, advance from

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Processing Update on I-130 Immediate Relative Petitions by U.S. Citizens

If your case has been stuck in processing – for up to more than a year – here's an update (in part) from USCIS that may be useful to know: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received communications from

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December 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out: More Waiting for EB-2 India

The Visa Bulletin for December 2013 shows significant movements – both forward AND backward – in the employment-based (EB) category. Priority dates for EB-3 and "Other Workers", including Mainland China and Mexico, advances to October 1, 2011 (one year).  However,

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USCIS Redesigns Online Change of Address Tool

Based on customer feedback, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduces a new version of its change of address tool to allow an easier and quicker way for customers to change their address online. "Customers will simply complete a

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